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Week 5

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By Jill Diachuk October 5, 2019 - 1:46pm
  1. Which outlining approach do you use? How does that reflect your approach to writing? Consider whether one of the other approaches might be more effective for you.

I’ve used a point form outline that first defines the topics/paragraph. From there I jot down the important points that I want to key in on. At the end of my point form notes I add any facts, quotes or other relevant information that will be benefit that paragraph.

This reflects my approach to writing by giving me the ideas I need to start a rough draft. I am finding that linking my ideas in a specific paragraph isn’t coming along as smoothly as anticipated. By starting the process of actually writing sentences instead of skipping on to a new one it is forcing me to make progress. Building flow and connection from the sentences becomes a little easier than just the points. It does add to the editing portion of the writing process but that is something I am willing to do. 

After reflecting on what I have said it appears I use two approaches to writing the first being the point form and then moving to the sentences to develop more detail.  Through using an extra step in the process, it gives me a better understanding of my topic and clarity on how I want to go about it. 

This idea of using outlines may change depending on the course I am. With a topic that I have more knowledge in the point form may lead me right into my first draft. In other cases, similar to this one I am uncomfortable and unsure how to move forward. These little prompts are needed to keep me between the lines in a sense. 

Maybe the purpose of these outlines is to build our own that will benefit how we as individuals think. 

  1. Where do you see strong coherence in your first draft? In the paragraphs? In the connection between the thesis and the paragraphs? What could you do to strengthen the coherence?

My strongest points in my paragraphs were when I made reference back to the references. I think that those tell a lot more about what is being said then what the top layer of information is saying. The research and other journals even written by Reda give the article more direction. It would be easy to take a “negative” stance on this article at first glance (several glances). There is a bigger picture to what is being articulated by the authors. Making references back to the textbook within the review has helped add strength and value. This article can really be about used as a valuable tool in this class for us as students to review. I feel as if I have negative relationship with writing. The relatability to everyone can easily be brought out to show a strength in the article. 

I believe my thesis does a decent job at making reference to the different paragraphs I have in place. There is room for improvement and adjustment of words. 

My weakness here again is the wording and adding articulating adjectives. I feel like when I read everything out loud it sounds to basic. Being clear and making my points come across is great but adding some flow and eloquence would be valuable for my writing. What has been working with that is highlighting key words in the article that were mentioned several times and repurposing them into my work. It sounds a bit better and has the added relation back to the article. This seems to be working for now, but I am really looking forward to the feedback process with my classmates. Reading their articles and learning from their writing styles will give me a new view on how to move forward with my writing. 


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